The defendant's answer or plea; an opposing or denial of the truth or validity of the plaintiff's or prosecutor's case; the method of proceeding adopted by the defendant to protect himself against the plaintiff's action.
Defence posts can be built on planets (the number allowed is dependent on the number of colonists on the planet) to defend them from marauding warships and StarBase defense can be upgraded to a maximum of 200 in addition to planetary defence.
a) An answer to a THREAT, or that which prevents an ATTACK from being a THREAT. After 1. e2-e4 e7-e5 2. Qd1-h5, the Rook on h8 provides a DEFENCE to the ATTACK on h7 and the King provides a DEFENCE to the ATTACK on f7. A good move for Black would be 2... Nb8-c6, providing a DEFENCE to the THREAT of Qh5xe5+. b) A name given to an opening or variation chosen by Black: for instance the Sicilian Defence or French Defence.
1 in pleading, the formal contesting of the plaintiff’s statement of claim or the prosecutor’s case by the defendant or the accused; 2 a legally recognised justification or excuse, eg provocation, as a defence to murder; 3 collectively, the defendant and the legal agents of the defendant.
evidence offered by the accused to defeat a criminal charge; a reason in fact or law as to why a party initiating the proceeding (in criminal cases, the AG or the informant) should not be granted the remedy it is seeking; a legally recognized basis for avoiding liability; may include a flat denial of the other party's allegations
to move to defend against an threat, e.g. to protect a piece that is attacked; more generally, a period of the game where the player is meeting and anticipating threats during an attack. Also used for opening systems chosen by Black, e.g. King's Indian Defence. There is a section in the Canon on Defence.
If a defendant contests a claim, he should prepare a defence showing his side of the argument which is then filed with the court and given to the person making a claim. If he considers that he in turn has a claim against the person who has brought the proceedings, he would also file a counter-claim.